Abstract

We demonstrate a significant simplification of the scheme for few-cycle Optical Parametric Chirped Pulse Amplification (OPCPA) which results in the elimination of a picosecond�??s master oscillator and electronic synchronization loops. A fraction of a broadband seed pulse centered at 760 nm from a 70-MHz Ti:sapphire oscillator was frequency-shifted in a photonic crystal fiber to enable synchronized seeding of a picosecond�??s Nd:YAG pump laser. The seed radiation at 1064 nm is produced in the soliton regime which makes it inherently more intense and stable in comparison with other methods of frequency conversion. The remaining fraction of the Ti:sapphire output is amplified with a FWHM bandwidth of 250 nm in a single timing-jitter-free OPCPA stage. Our work opens up the exciting possibility to use sub-picosecond�??s pump pulses from highly efficient Yb-based amplifiers for jitter-less parametric amplification of carrier-envelope phase stabilized pulses from Ti:sapphire oscillators.

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Appl. Phys. B. (1)

E. Riedle, M. Beutter, S. Lochbrunner, J. Piel, S. Schenkl, S. Spoerlein, and W. Zinth, "Generation of 10 to 50 fs pulses tunable through all of the visible and the NIR," Appl. Phys. B. 71, 457-465, (2000).

Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

A. Shirakawa, I. Sakane, M. Takasaka, and T. Kobayashi, "Sub-5-fs visible pulse generation by pulse-front-matched noncollinear optical parametric amplification," Appl. Phys. Lett. 74, 2268, (1999).
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[CrossRef]

IEEE J. Sel. Top. in Quantum Electron. (2)

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A. Poppe, L. Xu, F. Krausz, and C. Spielmann, "Noise Characterization of Sub-10-fs Ti:Sapphire Oscillators," IEEE J. Sel. Top. in Quantum Electron. 4, 179-184, (1998).

JETP Lett. (1)

E.M. Dianov, A.Y. Karasik, P.V. Mamyshev, A.M. Prokhorov, V.N. Serkin, M.F. Stel'makh, and A.A. Fomichev, "Stimulated-Raman conversion of multisoliton pulses in quartz optical fibers," JETP Lett. 41, 294-297, (1985).

Nature (2)

A. Baltuška, T. Udem, M. Uiberacker, M. Hentschel, E. Goulielmakis, C. Gohle, R. Holzwarth, V.S. Yakovlev, A. Scrinzi, T.W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, "Attosecond control of electronic processes by intense light fields," Nature 412, 611-615, (2003).

W.H. Reeves, D.V. Skryabin, F. Biancalana, J.C. Knight, P.S.J. Russell, F.G. Omenetto, A. Efimov, and A.J. Taylor, "Transformation and control of ultra-short pulses in dispersion-engineered photonic crystal fibres," Nature 424, 511-515, (2003).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

A. Dubietis, G. Jonušauskas, and A. Piskarskas, "Powerful femtosecond pulse generation by chirped and stretched pulse parametric amplification in BBO crystal," Opt. Commun. 88, 437-440, (1992).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (13)

F.M. Mitschke and L.F. Mollenauer, "Discovery of the soliton self-frequency shift," Opt. Lett. 11, 659-661, (1986).

G. Banfi, P. Di Trapani, R. Danielius, A. Piskarskas, R. Righini, and I. Santa, " Tunable femtosecond pulses close to the transform limit from traveling-wave parametric conversion," Opt. Lett. 18, 1547-1579, (1993).

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X. Yang, Z. Xu, Y. Leng, H. Lu, L. Lin, Z. Zhang, R. Li, W. Zhang, D. Yin, and B. Tang, "Multiterawatt laser system based on optical parametric chirped pulse amplification," Opt. Lett. 27, 1135, (2002).

T.M. Fortier, D.J. Jones, and S.T. Cundiff, "Phase stabilization of an octace-spanning Ti:sapphire laser," Opt. Lett. 28, 2198-2200, (2003).

C.P. Hauri, P. Schlup, G. Arisholm, J. Biegert, and U. Keller, "Phase-preserving chirped-pulse optical parametric amplification to 17.3 fs directly from a Ti:sapphire oscillator," Opt. Lett. 29, 1369, (2004).
[CrossRef]

C. Manzoni, G. Cerullo, and S. De Silvestri, "Ultrabroadband self-phase-stabilized pulses by difference-frequency generation," Opt. Lett. 29, 2668-2670, (2004).
[CrossRef]

R.T. Zinkstok, S. Witte, W. Hogervorst, and K.S.E. Eikema, "High-power parametric amplification of 11.8-fs laser pulses with carrier-envelope phase control," Opt. Lett. 30, 78, (2004).
[CrossRef]

N. Ishii, L. Turi, V.S. Yakovlev, T. Fuji, F. Krausz, A. Baltuška, R. Butkus, G. Veitas, V. Smilgevicius, R. Danielius, and A. Piskarskas, "Multimillijoule chirped parametric amplification of few-cycle pulses," Opt. Lett. 30, 567-569, (2005).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

A. Apolonski, A. Poppe, G. Tempea, C. Spielmann, T. Udem, R. Holzwarth, T.W. Hänsch, and F. Krausz, "Controlling the Phase Evolution of Few-Cycle Light Pulses," Phys. Rev. Lett. 85, 740-743, (2000).
[CrossRef]

A. Baltuška, T. Fuji, and T. Kobayashi, "Controlling the Carrier-Envelope Phase of Ultrashort Light Pulses with Optical Parametric Amplifiers," Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 133901, (2002).
[CrossRef]

Rev. Mod. Phys. (1)

T. Brabec and F. Krausz, "Intense few-cycle laser fields: Frontiers of nonlinear optics," Rev. Mod. Phys. 72, 545-591, (2000).
[CrossRef]

Science (2)

D.J. Jones, S.A. Diddams, J.K. Ranka, A. Stentz, R.S. Windeler, J.L. Hall, and S.T. Cundiff, "Carrier-Envelope Phase Control of Femtosecond Mode-Locked Lasers and Direct Optical Frequency Synthesis," Science 288, 635-639, (2000).
[CrossRef]

P.S.J. Russell, "Photonic Crystal Fibers," Science 299, 358-362, (2003).
[CrossRef]

Other (2)

G.P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics (Academic Press, San Diego, 2001).

"Fully integrated broadly tunable femtosecond Ytterbium system," <a href=�??http://www.lightcon.com�??>http://www.lightcon.com</a>.

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